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Christina @chrelisem
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I read 109 books in 2018, this is a thread of some of my favorites.
You can find my whole list of books read for the year here: 50bookpledge.ca/user/101579941…
My first book of the year was Emma Donoghue's The Wonder, and it was a masterful exploration of faith and non-faith. TW for CSA.
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden was book two in a fantasy trilogy with a spirited heroine and a gorgeous medieval Russian setting.
I devoured The Wrath and the Day and The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh in two days. It's a masterful retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights.
Daniel Ortberg's The Merry Spinster was a brief but welcome return to the days when The Toast was still live. The retelling of The Little Mermaid especially stuck with me.
I'm a sucker for redone fairy tales and I really enjoyed the first three installments in C.J. Redwine's Ravenspire series.
The newest @rachelheldevans book, Inspired, reminded me of everything I love about the Bible.
Rachel Caine's Great Library series has been getting better and better, the latest installment is the best yet and I'm excited the conclusion in 2019

(My one beef is that Thomas is supposed to be a Protestant but Protestantism wouldn't exist without the printing press)
Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens was a delightful retelling of Rapunzel, alternating between earlier modern France and Venice.
Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone is the first installment of a promising YA fantasy series in a Nigerian setting.
Fat and Faithful by @jnicolemorgan interweaves theology and her own story to talk about how we can love our bodies better.
2018 was the year I started reading Naomi Novik. Both Uprooted and Spinning Silver were gorgeous standalone fantasy works.
I read Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown last year, and this year I found The Blue Sword, the other part of the duology, at a thrift store and loved it too.
I continued catching up on Tamora Pierce's oeuvre in 2018. I enjoyed the Daughter of the Lioness duology so much that I carved out time to read it during a ridiculously busy few weeks.
Lisa Genova's Still Alice left me thinking a lot about academia and the things we do and don't value.
I'm a sucker for people's stories, so of course I loved Sara Miles'Take This Bread and her story of being unexpectedly changed by communion/running her church's food pantry.
I will buy and read anything Gail Carson Levine puts out, no matter how old I get, and I enjoyed the chance to revisit the Ella Enchanted universe with Ogre Enchanted.
My friend @AuthorKarenHann released her book into the world this year and it's phenomenal. I especially liked Mia's character.
Continuing my Tamora Pierce education (many thanks to whoever donated her entire collection to the Value Village in St. Jacobs), I also read the Daine the Wildmage series, which bridges the gap between Song of the Lioness and Protector of the Small
The last chapter of Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves brought me to tears.
I loved Nicole S. Chung's memoir, All You Can Ever Know, and its thoughtful treatment of adoption, family, and heritage.
Julie Murphy's Dumplin' and Puddin' are the sort of joyful YA novels I wish I had read in high school. I especially loved Millie.
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